Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville
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Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. Use our Andersonville travel itinerary planner to visit Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum on your trip to Andersonville, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I read the book Andersonville when I was a teenager and have never forgotten it. It was a no brainier to visit this site while we were in Atlanta since it is only a 2 hour drive South. We started with...  more »
  • We stumbled upon this a few years ago, but have enjoyed stopping by again. This last time we were there they were re-enacting how the people lived back in those times. Really cool. Must do the theater...  more »
  • Andersonville is three sites. The National Cemetery, the reproduction of the stockade and the museum of POW's. There is a great deal to read about in the POW museum, the suffering, torture and death o...  more »
  • An excellent museum and historic site where you can learn about the poor conditions at the Andersonville Prisoner of War camp during the Civil War and learn about the end of the war. It's an impressive site that is well kept up. I'm so glad we veered off the freeway and went out of our way to see this site.
  • Well maintained and very willing staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about the history. I learned a lot from my visit. Well worth the drive off I-75 to see. Plan a couple hours to see it all. After touring inside the museum, you can drive your car through the cemetery and around the old prison site. A big eye opener.
  • Andersonville Nat'l Historic Site is one of those necessary places all American's should visit. The park brings to life the conditions that Union soldiers went through as well as the dwindling Confederate spirit and finances. An excellent place to experience if you want to appreciate the struggles of North and South in the Civil War.
  • I have been here many times to conduct military funeral honors and their staff has always been fully helpful in assisting us in any way we need. The site is beautiful and a very good reminder of the men and women who served for our country. If you get the chance I would most certainly recommend you take the time to visit it.
  • Wife and I are civil war buffs, this has been on our list of must see places for some time. Glad we finally visited. Much history here. Amazing what all happened at this location. We took the drive tour with the audio cd. Highly recommended.